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The University of New Hampshire volleyball team concluded play at the JMU/Days Inn Invitational with a pair of losses to Virginia (3-0) and Murray State (3-2) on Saturday at Sinclair Gym on the campus of James Madison. The Wildcats fall to 0-3 to start the season. UNH will return to action next weekend at the Delaware Tournament in Newark, Del. Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) was named to the JMU/Days Inn All-Tournament team for her efforts throughout the tournament.

In match one, UNH lost in straight sets by scores of 26-24, 25-13 and 25-12. With the win the Virginia improved to 2-0, UVA would go on to win the tournament with a perfect 3-0 mark. The Wildcats gave the Cavaliers all they could handle. In the first set after falling behind 16-14, the Wildcats went on a 9-3 run and held a 23-19 lead. UVA posted four-straight points and eventually went on to capture the 26-24 win. UNH had 15 kills in the first set. Virginia used a .500 hitting percentage to capture a double-digit win in the second set and took advantage of 11 UNH errors in the third set to earn the straight-set win. Freshman Christie Dorch (Friendswood, Texas) posted a team-high 10 kills. Bates added eight kills, while Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) had four kills and a .375 hitting percentage. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) and Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) split time at setter as they have 15 and nine assists, respectively.

In the second match of the day, UNH fell to Murray State 3-2 despite capturing the first two sets of the match. The set scores were 25-17, 25-21, 24-26, 23-25, 12-15. The Wildcats jumped all over the Racers early as they held a 15-5 lead and went on to capture the first set 25-17. The second set was a back-and-forth affair throughout with Murray State holding a 16-15 until UNH went on a 5-0 run to make it 21-16 and went on to capture the set win. In set three, the teams were once again evenly match with neither holding more than a three point lead throughout and it took an extra point for the Racers to earn the 26-24 win. The fourth set was even more competitive with the largest lead of the set being three points on two different occasions. Despite a late push by the 'Cats, it was MSU escaping with a 25-23 win. The Racers captured a 15-12 win in the fifth tie-breaking set to earn the come-from-behind win.

Bates once again led the way for the Wildcats with 15 kills and 15 digs. Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, calif.) had 10 kills and a team-high seven blocks, while freshman Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) tallied 10 kills, five digs and four blocks. Uitti and Heldman haad 27 and 22 assists, respectively. Defensively, Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) had a team-high 24 digs.

The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Sept. 5 against Delaware in the opening round of the Delaware Tournament. UNH will open the home portion of its schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium against Bryant University. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com. This match will be streamed online at unhwildcats.tv.

Wildcat fans can watch the Bryant game free of charge as a promotion for the annual subscription plan. For the rest of the 2008 volleyball season, fans can purchase events on a per game basis for $6.95 or they can purchase the annual subscription for $79.95.

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